Originally Posted by Ay Chi-mama
So lovely! She looks almost like a little wild dog with her long legs! Too cute!
Thanks! I think her and Kerri look a little like wild dogs, I just love their coloring.
Also wanted to leave an update for today. It is day 5 here and Nova is much more up and about today. Still doesn't want to come near me, and if it even looks like I am coming towards her she hides in the crate and shakes. The good news is that she is venturing out and hanging with the other dogs. She even grabbed a small antler and dragged it into her crate. I thought that was HUGE. It was only a couple of feet and I was in the other room but still that takes some gumption. This all happened while she was wearing the thundershirt so I am going to keep using that. It is a bit of a trade off because I have to just go into her crate, grab her and put it on, but she really does get brave while wearing it so I think its worth it.
She is eating like a champ too (as long as I leave the room)- powered through 1/4 of a cornish game hen today in no time. I also got a can of wellness 95% chicken to stuff into a kong every time I leave the house. At this point she really does not care we are leaving but she needs to eat and put weight on and wont take treats while we are there. The 95% meat stuff is a great consistency to get into the kong and my hopes is that it will be easy on the tummy sticking to just chicken right now. Usually starting raw it would be a week of no other foods just raw chicken but I am not totally comfortable just leaving her hunks of raw chicken in a crate while I'm gone.
Just one concern I have. Giving her a treat every time we leave is sort of rewarding our absence and that concerned me a little because we really want to be rewarding our presence right now. On the other hand it could be we are helping prevent her from making a 180 like a lot of shy dogs do and getting separation anxiety. At least the kong is coming from us so that is a good association. Opinions on that particular issue are welcome.